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Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
Lydia joined the PFI staff in the summer of 2020. She works with the strategic initiatives team to connect farmers with outreach opportunities, and she equips farmers with the resources they need to be effective advocates of cover crops and small grains. She also assists with on-farm variety trials and performs cover crop consultations.
Lydia graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. She then moved around a bit, working at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, and bakeries in Vermont and Minnesota, where she was spoiled with fresh bread and croissants.
In summer 2017, Lydia came to Ames to pursue her master’s degree at Iowa State University in sustainable agriculture and ecology and evolutionary biology – a dual focus that reflects her interest in combining the principles of ecology and agriculture to create diversified farming systems. For her thesis at ISU, she sampled the vegetation in prairie strips on 26 farms across Iowa. She continues to enjoy learning to identify new plants, and teaching others.
Lydia grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. She loves the Midwest but doesn’t forsake an opportunity to visit her family in the Ocean State and gorge on seafood. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, knitting, being outdoors and thrifting.